Swim Deep headlined NME Sounds Of The Summer, a special intimate showcase for NME, in London last night (June 19), with Austin bands Warm Soda and OBN IIIs playing in support.
With a select number of competition winners in attendance at the show at London Fields Brewery, OBN IIIs were first on, playing a set of Parquet Courts-inflected garage punk. Joking with the crowd throughout, it ended with guitarist Tom Triplett playing the entire final track with his guitar behind his back.
Fellow Austin garage rock group Warm Soda followed, playing tracks from debut ‘Someone For You’ with singer Matthew Melton sporting a leather jacket and no top.
Birmingham’s Swim Deep then took to the stage at 10pm to headline the special event, playing tracks from their debut ‘Where The Heaven Are We’ and forthcoming second album and debuting new song ‘Grand Affection’.
Opening with debut single ‘King City’, the quintet then played new track ‘Fuieho Boogie’ with projections and a smoke machine adding to the atmosphere of the more electronic-based track. Old favourites ‘Honey’ and ‘Red Lips I Know’ followed, with OBN IIIs drummer Marley staging diving during the former, before the band played two new album tracks: current single ‘One Great Song And I Could Change The World’ and ‘Grand Affection’, the latter running on buoyant, hooky synth lines.
Keeping stage chat to a minimum, Swim Deep continued with ‘Francisco’ and old single ‘She Changes The Weather’ before concluding the set with recent single ‘To My Brother’.
Swim Deep played:
‘Red Lips I Know’
‘One Great Song And I Could Change The World’
‘She Changes The Weather’
‘To My Brother’
Swim Deep are currently preparing their second album for release, following their 2013 debut ‘Where The Heaven Are We’. They recently shared new tracks ‘To My Brother’, ‘Hotel California’ and their next single ‘One Great Song And I Could Change The World’.
Swim Deep will tour the UK during October. See those dates in full here.